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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jan 5, 2011 8:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

For all of the 60's accomplishments, the curmudgeons here at IA within lies the potential for The Great American Film Cultural Period, An Experience to Share, the uncommon, the inspired, the unknown.. Netflixs is Cool!

Ben Hur

On The Waterfront

Physco

The Graduate

Midnight Cowboy

Bonnie & Clyde

Deliverance

Godfather

Godfather 2

????


Post your list, share your experience, the IA get's boring some times with only music, not Film ...

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Poster: helenbuckeeta Date: Jan 6, 2011 9:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Rebel Without A Cause
African Queen
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner
True Grit (why the need for a re-make?)
Cool Hand Luke
The Greatest Show On Earth
The Birds
M*A*S*H
Rear Window
The Great Escape

This post was modified by helenbuckeeta on 2011-01-06 17:10:34

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Great call on CHLuke...

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jan 6, 2011 8:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Late Spring
Ikiru
Tokyo Story
Seven Samurai
An Autumn Afternoon
Yojimbo
Early Summer
Throne of Blood
There Was a Father
Drunken Angel...

...oppps these are all Japanese, and By Ozu, and Kurosawa ! And some before e54 !

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Poster: drspark61 Date: Jan 6, 2011 9:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

I knew you'd have an eastern perspective on this. ;-)

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jan 6, 2011 10:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

I Guess from a Japanese perspective , we are all to the east !
Great thread , some stuff I haven't seen that I do want to check out .

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 6, 2011 9:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

I missed the American part too. It ought to have bright neon emoticons around it so I could see/remember it.( Bill...:-)

DD, I don't feel the smart ass vibe with the 10 Ozu and Kurosawa, but some love. Do you have a fav. ? Seven ?


Great thread dark starz !

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jan 6, 2011 10:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Sorry, I was just having a little "derail the thread" fun . Part of it , is that I am pretty conversant with Japanese cinema, but woefully ignorant of the rest of the world's !
Kurosawa's movies are a lot more accessible , though my favorite of his , "Ikiru", is not as entertaining as some of his . I think "7" is a better movie , but I might like "Yojimbo" more . Special note to a late movie of his "Ran" .
Ozu is definitely an acquired taste . SLOW . He once said "I don't want plot to get in the way of my characters" . His movies are one of those either you love them or find them maddeningly boring . For me , I find him a very subtle, and profound
filmmaker . A good one to see is "Tokyo Story", one of those always on the short list of greatest Japanese films .

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Don't forget "High & Low," atypical for Kurosawa but a great film, and hands-down the best Ed McBain adaptation -"Fuzz," anyone? We might need a "worst 10 American films from 1954-1972" to cover that one.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

From "Ikiru" 52, to "Red Beard" 65, he has very few weak movies, one of the best runs of any directors .

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Poster: ducats Date: Jan 6, 2011 6:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

don't have time to add much but.......

pulp fiction
and justice for all (this whole courtrooms out of order!!!)
THE HOURS (talk about dark side)


and justice for all + the sting are my two favorites but who couldn't come up with several top tens??!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 7, 2011 9:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

In no particular order,

The Hustler
The Ten Commandments
Omega Man
Spartacus
Godfather 1 & 2
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Battle of Algiers
To Kill A Mockingbird
The Inn of the Sixth Happiness
Dr. Zhivago

This post was modified by micah6vs8 on 2011-01-07 17:19:40

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jan 7, 2011 9:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Not wishing to be too picky and pedantic, but Godfather 2 was 1974, Umbrellas of Cherbourg was French and Battle of Algiers was Italian/Algerian. None of which, of course, should detract from the fundamental soundness of your choices.

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jan 7, 2011 10:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Your correct rob. I seem to have been in a bit of a rush in my excitement. I love (love,love) movies, but felt beginning a thread such as this was a bridge too far in the GD forum. After the '50's (maybe '40's) American film, as you indicated, just doesn't interest me as much.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Jan 6, 2011 10:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

2001: space odyssey
guns of navarone
bridge on the river kwai
the magnificent seven
gunfight at the o.k. corral
the alamo
the man who shot liberty valance
easy rider
fritz the cat
godfather
a clockwork orange
sunshine daydream

a fistful of dollars
and
the good, the bad and the ugly dont count coz they are italian/spanish co-productions, aka spaghetti westerns. both great movies though

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, for sure.

A Clockwork Orange keeps popping up on these lists but isn't it British?

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

its based on a novel by british writer anthony burgess and was filmed in england

written, directed and produced by stanley kubrick and distributed by warner bros

the filmmaker is an american, so its an american film i suppose

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 6, 2011 1:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Totally my mistake - because he moved to England and never came back, I always think that he was a Brit.

Also "Lolita" might very well make my Top 10 list if I were to make one. Well, maybe not Top 10 but definitely Top 15.

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Poster: snori Date: Jan 6, 2011 7:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Within these parameters :-

To kill a Mockingbird
On the Waterfront
Dr Strangelove
Psycho
The Grapes of Wrath
2001
Some like it hot
Midnight Cowboy
A fistful of dollars (American ?)
Easy Rider (hideously dated now, but at the time splendid)

I think there were many better films made before '54 (Silents, Bogart, major Westerns), and after '72 (Godfather 2, Cuckoo's nest, Woody Allen, Scorcese etc)

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Poster: ChefChappy Date: Jan 6, 2011 7:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

I'm not sure the exact year but I know these fall around that timeframe.

Young Frankestein
Blazing Saddles
Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

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Poster: roughyed Date: Jan 6, 2011 4:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

The Wild Bunch

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Jan 7, 2011 6:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

right, i forgot that. 1 of the best

forgot also SOLDIER BLUE

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Poster: pdm59 Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:03pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Always hard to pick favorites but here are a few,
Seven Days in May - Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas
Elmer Gantry - Burt Lancaster
Paths of Glory - Kirk Douglas
Forbidden Planet

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 5, 2011 9:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Yikes! These have to be "in":

Law of Arabia
Shane (53, okay)
Dr Strangelove
Bridge Kwai
12 Angry Men
To Kill a MockBird


Now, personally, I'd add:

The Hill
President's Analyst
Shot in the Dark

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 6, 2011 5:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

What, is it all about dark and depressing? Yeah, some of those, but there's also ...

Some Like It Hot
North by Northwest
Sound of Music (c'mon, you can admit it ...)
West Side Story
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Harold and Maude




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Poster: advokat Date: Jan 6, 2011 8:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Thank you for putting in Harold and Maude - the greatest cinematic love story. Never tire of watching that film.

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Poster: dark.starz Date: Jan 6, 2011 5:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Good call on "The Hustler"! The Cincinatti Kid is not far off the list, the game is poker, not pool, Edward G Robinson is the Jackie Gleason character, Steve McQueen is the Paul Newman character.

Bullitt, good film, great actor "Steve McQueen" he also did a somewhat unknown western "Nevada Smith" always a favorite back in the day.

And speaking of Paul Newman, my number 10 is "The Sting" another great pairing of Paul Newman and Robert Redford.

One of the cool aspect's of American Film is the opportunity to view the "Dark Side" of life without experiencing it first hand.

The compelling cinematography and the desperate story lines demonstrated in the 50's and 60's makes all this animated 3D bullshit today a nauseating headache!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 6, 2011 6:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Just watched Caine Mutiny; it is an amazing movie, far better than it seems at first viewing. Amazing cast; had seen it dozens of times, but now own it; if not for Brando in Waterfront, Bogie would've won hands down for it...So all the critics say anyhow.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 6, 2011 6:03am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

H&M for sure; how about we trade MusicMan for SofM?

I had always had a crush on SJones (until Partridge Family).

Dr Strangelove is the best pol satire ever made; PSellers was an amazing actor.

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: Jan 5, 2011 11:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

1. The Godfather
2. Patton
3. The Graduate
4. A Clockwork Orange
5. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
6. Rebel Without A Cause
7. Planet of the Apes
8. Rosemary's Baby
9. Bridge on the River Kwai
10. Bullitt

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jan 6, 2011 7:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Yeah, personally I would drop the Bullitt and replace it with The French Connection, but that's just me ..

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 6, 2011 11:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Oh yeah--good call!

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jan 6, 2011 5:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Willy Wonka?

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: Jan 6, 2011 6:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Dude, Willy Wonka is an absolute classic.

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Poster: fastcat Date: Jan 6, 2011 3:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Top Ten American Films 1954 - 1972

Dunno about 10, but Dark Star has to be in there!